Underhill: Saints film room: Here are 3 things likely to change in rematch with Eagles (1 Viewer)

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Another missed field goal played to the Saints' favor.

New Orleans was either going to play Philadelphia, a team it beat by 41 points, or Dallas, a team that handled the Saints in a way it hasn’t been handled in a long time. The Saints would have been favored in either game, but having the Eagles come to the Superdome for Sunday’s playoff game has to be considered the better of two outcomes.

Now, of course, all the prerequisites are required. These teams are different from the ones that played in November. The Saints offense peaked against Philadelphia and endured some struggles down the stretch but are rounding back to form. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. recently returned from injured reserve to assist with that task.

The most significant change for the Eagles since that 48-7 loss is that starting quarterback Carson Wentz has been lost to injury, which forced them to turn to Nick Foles. Some will argue that is a better outcome, and while Foles is the best Plan B in the NFL and very capable of winning on a big stage, losing Wentz does not make this team better.

The Eagles will also have running back Darren Sproles and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan this time, and tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson will be healthier than the the first meeting.

Here are three things that stand out about the rematch: ...

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